Since now you know I’m lazy when it comes to drying laundry outside and how I picked up the idea of inside laundry line from a previous home exchange our family did, I want to show you how easy it is to install an inside laundry line in your home.
Most hardware stores, big and small, have these supplies. The wire needed for this project is sold on large spools and is cut to the size you need by a store employee. Have the wire cut slightly longer than your measurements (perhaps by 10% or so) and then you can cut it more precisely at home while doing this project. You need a little extra wire, as you’ll read in the instructions, to get around your turnbuckles and screw eyes – oh my!
How to Install an Inside Laundry Line
- hammer – to hammer in your screw eyes to get them started twisting
- screw driver – to stick into the screw eye hole to help screw it into your wood
- wire cutter – to trim your wire to the right length
- tape measure and pencil for marking
- electrical tape – to cover the sharp ends of the wire with (you can buy something for this purpose but tape works fine.)
- screw eyes – to screw into the wood and attach your wire to
- wire – long enough to cover your length plus extra for getting to the turnbuckle
- turnbuckles – to tighten your wire so it doesn’t sag
These are pretty easy to follow and you’ll get the idea from my very busy pictures below. It helps to lay the wire out on the floor and visualize how it works together before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once is good advice for sewers as well as laundry line installers!
- Measure your area and mark with a pencil where your screw eyes should be placed.
- First, place your screw eyes in the wood, using the hammer, pound them a few times to get them started in the wood.
- Next, put the screw driver in the eye hole and turn it/wind it into the wood. The screw driver is easier to grip than just the screw eye.
- Add your turnbuckle to the screw eye and figure out how long to cut your wire.
- Take apart the turnbuckle (it unscrews) and attach your long piece of wire.
- Clamp your wire end to the turnbuckle end.
- Screw the turnbuckle back together and adjust the tension so it’s not too tight or sagging.
- Finish by covering the ends of the wire with electrical tape so they don’t snag your clothing.
While my line is installed in our basement, it could work in a garage as well. Our home exchange family had theirs in a very small porch area, in front of their washing machine. I wish I had thought to take measurements of their space but I didn’t. It could also work on a much smaller area. If your laundry area walls are finished, make sure you’re attaching your screw eyes into a stud so that they don’t tear apart your drywall.
I have 3 separate lines that are 14 feet long and are about 8 inches apart.
I like the wires that are coated (it’s either plastic or vinyl? I’m not sure which but they’re thicker) rather than the smaller, more narrow lines.
When you buy the wire, make sure it’s longer than the space you want to add lines to. You have to add room for the turnbuckles and the wire clamps.
Wire clamps keep the wire in place. They’re available in either screw on type or hammer on type, depending on your store and your wire.
When you’re done, don’t forget to add electrical tape so that the sharp ends of the wire don’t snag your clean laundry.
This project required a small step stool – our basement ceiling is not very high, which is good since we’re not very tall! I did this project with help from my son when he was 11-years-old (thanks, sweetie!) and it really helps to have 2 people on the job. If you live alone, why not find a friend and each help one another on this project?
Next up, I’ll share my techniques for maximizing the inside laundry line drying space.
Do you have a laundry line drying system? Do you live in a house with a basement?
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